Attention eagle enthusiasts!

As a fan of these majestic birds, it's time to pack your binoculars and long-range camera lens and head on over to LeClaire, Iowa for the inaugural Eagle Festival this weekend, January 21-22, 2023. it's a free event and the perfect opportunity to witness bald eagles soaring high above the Mississippi River.

Turns out, LeClaire is a hot spot for bald eagles from December to March. So it's the perfect time to get an up-close view of the mighty Mississippi River and those that inhabit it.

Brad Foster - Full Throttle Photography
Brad Foster - Full Throttle Photography

What's Going On?

The Eagle Festival kicks off on Saturday with ice sculptor Rob Storm creating breathtaking works of art. These sculptures will be on display at local businesses, so make sure to check them out.

But the real action happens on Sunday at the Celebration Center. From 11AM-4PM, there will be multiple eagle presentations, including a live eagle demonstration by the World Bird Sanctuary, a lecture by a photographer, and a talk by representatives from Living Lands and Waters on how to protect and preserve the environment along the Mississippi River.

Plus, there will be a hot cocoa bar!

Mark Detl via Facebook
Mark Detl via Facebook

Check Out the Roof Top Patio

And let's not forget the spotting scope available on the Celebration Center rooftop patio, allowing you to get an up-close look at soaring eagles without disturbing them. Local businesses will have related events, activities, and displays.

Bald Eagle Removed From Endangered Species List
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Eagle Education is Important

It's crazy to think these birds were once on the brink of extinction and now they're thriving in our little town. The Eagle Festival is not just about staring at these majestic creatures through binoculars (although that's definitely a perk). It's also about learning about their impact on the environment and what we can do to protect and preserve their habitat.

Check out for a full schedule of events.

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